Biggest-ever storm to hit Vietnam on September 15-16

Doksuri, the biggest storm to hit Vietnam in many years, is forecast to make landfall in the central region on late September 15 and early September 16, said Hoang Duc Cuong, head of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).



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The location of the storm (Source: nchmf.gov.vn)



This is the first time Vietnam has rated the Danger Level 4 for a storm, Cuong stressed.

Therefore, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, asked the NCHMF to keep a close watch on the developments of the typhoon to provide accurate forecasts.

It was also urged to coordinate with news agencies to speed up communications on response measures for people to minimise human and asset losses as the storm impact scale can reach up to 500-600km.

Minister Cuong requested coastal localities from Quang Ninh to Binh Dinh to closely follow the storm’s development, inform ship captains of its position and movement, and ban swimming at beaches to ensure safety.

He steered border guard and fisheries surveillance forces to call on ships to get out of dangerous areas.

Northern and northern central localities were also required to keep a close watch on the storm’s developments to carry out measures to respond to flash floods and landslides.

VNA

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